May 01, 2005

Buffy is tough stuff

Wow! I really enjoyed reading Johanna's assignment for us. It had very strong points and I feel will really help Johanna with her paper. The reading was "Staking Her Claim: Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Transgressive Woman Warrior" by Frances H. Early.

The reason why I think I liked this so much is because I am really into anything that has a woman representing the powerful and strong characteristics. Not only does this show depict a female being able to kick butt, this passage also explains how some of the men cannot kick butt because they are afraid. I have never realized this before, and this author has done very great research in order to back up her claim.

My favorite quote in this passage was, "This movie was my response to all the horror movies I had ever seen where some girl walks into a dark room and gets killed. So I decided to make a movie where a blonde girl walks into a dark room and kicks butt instead" (13). This is so true. There are always women getting killed in movies, or women who try to find the male to protect them, but in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there are males running to her for protection. It gives the impression that females can be strong and powerful too--they don't always need a man for protection.

The only negative comment I have about this piece was while reading the line, "She fights hand-to-hand and is powerful like a man, but Buffy also has an acrobatic agility and grace that cannot be easily categorized as either conventionally masculine or feminine" (18-19). I don't like the statement how she "is powerful like a man." I understand that the author of this passage is trying to prove a point that a female can kick butt as well as a man, but a female can be powerful too. By the author saying that Buffy is powerful like a man, this gives the assumption that the author thinks all men are powerful. Meanwhile, there are many women out there that are more powerful than men. I think the author should have worded this more carefully than what she did.

I really enjoyed reading all of the examples this author gives from the series. "Angel comments that he is 'scared' to go against the Master of a particular family of demons, and soon thereafter Xander declares: 'Buffy's a superhero'." This is stating that Buffy isn't scared unlike Angel who is. I really thought that was a great example to include in this piece. This was a great observation by this author.

Early also had a great conclusion. I like how she tied all of her thoughts into the ending to make a very powerful statement. Ending on the powerful messages depicted in Buffy the Vampire Slayer really leaves the reader satified with the information contained in this passage.

Great job choosing a reading Johanna! I really enjoyed the message this article was sending!

Posted by Anne Stadler at May 1, 2005 12:02 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Yeah I know how you like women that kick butt. Good blog Anne you write a lot and you put a lot of time into it. Great job!

Posted by: Jared at May 5, 2005 04:09 PM

That's such a sweet and true statement, Jared. :-D

Posted by: Amanda at May 7, 2005 10:20 AM
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